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APPLE SOLD 1.7 MILLION iPhone 4s in its first three days, a record for the newest version of its top-selling product featuring video calling and an updated body. The iPhone 4 made its debut in the United States, Britain, Japan, France and Germany on Thursday. Many stores sold out. The previous 3GS model sold 1 million during its first weekend on the market.

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FORD IS UPGRADING the electronic stability control system on its 2011 Ford Explorer to help the SUV perform better if a driver takes a curve too quickly. Stability control cuts the engine's power and applies the brakes to individual wheels if it senses a driver going off-course. The system will be standard on the Explorer, which comes out late this year. Ford plans to add it to 90 percent of its North American crossovers, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans by 2015.

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CIGARETTE manufacturer Lorillard, maker of the Newport brand, is launching a campaign to defend menthol cigarettes amid an FDA panel's review of the minty smokes. Lorillard said Monday it has launched a website called "Understanding Menthol" that explains the company's position, the science under review by a federal advisory committee and the consequences of a potential ban on menthol cigarettes.

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THE WALT DISNEY CO. is trying to bring back a long-forgotten format, the radio serial. Next week Radio Disney is launching a 20-episode series that follows a 14-year-old girl as she tries to pursue a dream of becoming a singer and songwriter. During the course of My Dream, the Kayla character composes an original song and tries to overcome stage fright. A new episode debuts each weekday at 9:25 a.m. on Radio Disney.

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"I still think we're in for a little bit of a rough road."

CARMAX CEO TOM FOLLIARD, who said he expects the recovery of the worst U.S. auto sales market in decades is going to be slower than some others foresee

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$2.16B

AMOUNT THAT NOBLE CORP., a Swiss offshore drilling services company, will pay for Frontier Drilling, while also striking $4 billion worth of new contracts with Royal Dutch Shell.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Barnes & Noble's fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened to $32M from $2.7M a year ago ... American Airlines ground workers union says contract offer that was headed for a ratification vote is now dead. ...Electric carmaker Tesla Motors to offer 13.3M shares of stock at IPO today

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